The Tonkinese is a muscular and well build cat with a handsome appearance. These breed is a combination between the Siamese and the Burmese. Their body is medium to long in size, beautifully balance and amazingly heavy. The head is wedge shape and rounded at the top. They have oval shape eyes that are a little slanted and oriental type. Eyes colors should be blue-green or aquamarine. Their ears are slightly taller than wide and broad at the base. The tail is long and tapering to a point. The weight of the Tonkinese is around 6-12 pounds.
The Tonkinese coat is typically short, silky, glossy and close lying to the body. Their coat pattern typically paler and turns gradually darker on their face, ears, legs and tail. Most common colors are black, tortie, chocolate (champagne), blue, red, lilac, cinnamon and all tabby patterns.
The Tonkinese has an outgoing and friendly temperament that is ideal for people who love company. They are loyal, devoted, extravagant and noisy. Tonkinese are gentle creatures that fit well into families with children. They are also getting along well with other cats and dogs. This breed is active, lively, curious and playful. They are confidently sure that humans were put on earth to love them.
Is Tonkinese the Right Breed for You?
The Tonkinese is smart and easy to train. They have positive attitude and get along well with children. They enjoy being around its family and loves to be the center of attention. The Tonkinese needs your company and lots of love to keep them happy. It is not recommended to leave them along for long periods of time. If you have to work or stay away sometime is better to give them another cat for company or just not to get a Tonkinese cat at all.
Tonkinese Life Expectancy
The life expectancy of the Tonkinese is around 12-15 years.
Tonkinese Health Problems
The Tonkinese is a relatively healthy breed. The major concerns associated with them are dental issues, upper respiratory problems, some infectious diseases and parasites that can be avoid with regular vaccinations. Like most of the Oriental type of breeds they are extreme sensitivities to anesthetics, vaccines, and pesticides.
Tonkinese Care and Grooming
The Tonkinese coat is fairly easy to groom. An occasional rubber massage could be done when the cat is shedding to remove loose and dead hair. They need to be brush and comb ones a week using a soft brush. Bathing is optional. The Tonkinese cats should not be bathed more often than once every ten weeks to keep their skin from drying out. It is recommended for all cats and household pets to have annual vaccinations, veterinary checkups, and a quality diet. Use a special ear cleaner to keep the ear clean only when necessary and trim off the sharp points of the claws regularly using good clippers.
The Tonkinese shed some amount of hair and therefore is not best suited for those with allergies.